Sophomore who already has committed to UCLA goes on hitting tear. Also landing on this week’s honor roll for softball is a girl from San Diego who went 8-for-9 and tossed a perfect game in a doubleheader.
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(After games of Saturday, March 31; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 4; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Valerie Aguilar (Montebello)
She puts her name into the state record book by collecting three triples in a 7-3 victory last Saturday over Garfield of Los Angeles. Aguilar also went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple last Saturday in a different game as the Oilers beat Bellflower 15-6. Earlier in the week, Aguilar also had a 4-for-4 outing against San Gabriel. Teammate April Marquez also will get her name into the state record book due to a performance from earlier in the season when she ripped four doubles in a game against El Rancho of Pico Rivera.
Jackie Buechler (Francis Parker, San Diego)
She just missed a no-hitter against Guajome Park as she allowed one hit but she didn't miss throwing one in three other games as she recently tossed no-hitters against Santa Fe Christian, Our Lady of Peace and Escondido Charter.
Val Centeno (Buena, Ventura)
In a 14-0 victory against Pacifica of Oxnard, Centeno smacked a homer and went 4-for-4 with her bat. In the circle, she shined as well with a five-inning one-hitter.
Marissa Chapa (Newark Memorial, Newark)
Chapa and the rest of the Cougars are trying to chop down the door and break into the state rankings. Last week was like another day at the office for the team leader of a club that’s currently 9-0 and outscored opponents 67-1 on the season. In an 8-0 win over Fremont American, she pitched a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts. She had 14 strikeouts against Fremont Washington, but the team gave up its first run of the season in a 7-1 win.
Raeann Garza (James Logan, Union City)
The Colts’ junior star did it all in a 10-0 win over Kennedy of Fremont, tossing a two-hitter from the circle and homering at the plate.
Lauren Hynes (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
Honored as one of the San Diego Union Tribune's Athletes of the Week, she had a five-inning perfect game and she struck out six in a 13-0 win over Canyon Crest. During the doubleheader, she also went 8-for-9 at the plate with a home run and five runs batted in.
Ashley Leffingwell & Alicia Morris (Cajon, San Bernardino)
Leffingwell, a sophomore outfielder, went 9-for-12 last week (four games) with three home runs, two doubles, seven runs scored and six RBIs. Morris tossed her first career no-hitter in a 13-0 win over San Bernardino and then followed that up two days later with a three-hit, 17-strikeout performance in a 5-1 win over San Gorgonio of San Bernardino.
Nisa Ontiveros (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
She recently became the second player in the Central Section to hit two grand slams in one game, good for nine RBIs and was 4-for-4 at the plate in a 25-0 win over Highland of Bakersfield. She came back the following day to pitch a perfect six-inning game with 13 strikeouts and hit her 11th home run of the season as Ridgeview shutout East Bakersfield 10-0.
Kylee Perez (Alhambra, Martinez)
Last year’s freshman sensation is this year’s sophomore whiz. Last week, the early UCLA-commit homered, doubled, drove in four and scored twice in a 14-0 whitewashing of league foe Walnut Creek Las Lomas. On Thursday, in the Bulldogs’ Livermore Stampede opener, not only did the shortstop sparkle in the field, she had three consecutive doubles in an 8-2 win over Granada of Livermore.
Kim Scarsella (Tamalpais, Mill Valley)
The top player in the Redwood Empire is back again after completing last week with a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts in 9-inning 4-1 win over Novato San Marin. This week, with the Cal-Hi Sports caravan scouting her as a possible athlete of the week, we kind of kiboshed her. The Cornell-bound straight-A student-athlete only tossed a four-hitter with eight fanned, and drove in a run in a 3-1 win over Terra Linda of San Rafael.
Camery Smith (Edison, Fresno)
She had a nice non-league game, helping the Tigers squeek out a 9-8 win over Dinuba, as she went 3-for-4 at the plate with two homers and three RBIs.
Haley Tracy (Taft)
With the Fowler Tournament championship on the line, she was perfect at the plate as she went 4-for-4 and drove in six runs in a 14-3 six-inning win over Washington Union.
Woodcreek of Roseville head coach Art Banks picked up his 600th career varsity softball victory last Friday with a 3-0 win over Marysville at the Stephanie LeDoux Tournament.